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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 17, 2011 1:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Most Rockin The Eleven

Many good choices already listed; one more, on the commercial release, is 2-11-69, the night before CLIFF's Pick...both nice, but be sure to check out the Eleven on the 11th, eh?

A partial that I think would've been nice is the 12-7-68 from Bellarmine; the StSt is truly singular sounding, due to the mix/hall "tone", and so to this Eleven...but alas, techno difficulties stop it short, DRAMATICALLY so (painfull to listen to, so careful!).

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Poster: Jim F Date: Sep 20, 2011 12:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Most Rockin The Eleven

In the past I've always been the first to support anything anyone says that is great about 2/11/69. It's like a blueprint version, nearly all other versions before and after have some element that ties them to 2/11. 2/11's Eleven is this bizarre short piece of music that is so precise, and yes, tight. Other versions might have longer exploration of the various themes (thinking of post-vocal jams of versions like Two From the Vault and the other 3 shows in late August, October 68, etc.), but this one just doesn't relent.

And I don't care what people say, I like 10/13/68 sooooo much more than 10/12. Odd how that is, ain't it?

Anyway, I also like 2/28/69 and really like 3/15/69 a lot for some reason.

Oh, and about 12/7/68...yeah, I always liked that dreamy Dark Star, I always felt a sense of that being a "one that got away." It's odd, because they do such an interesting version of New Potato, out of a pretty respectful Cryptical suite, but then it seems they never seemed to recover from that stoppage and the show grinds to a near halt, with that ODD version of Rosemary thrown in, during a show with equipment problems, a brokendown drummer, and a crowd afraid to dance. I've always wondered why Mickey drops out (or is it Billy? I forget), during crowd requests someone says Aligator and Jerry says they can't do it, because one of their drummers "uh, broke down..."

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 17, 2011 2:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Most Rockin The Eleven

I definitely agree about the Eleven from the Fillmore East: 2-11-69 official release (though shouldn't it be listed as an Eleven Jam - they don't even sing!). it's possibly the "tightest" Eleven ever performed. I still think I prefer 2/12 just slightly however...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 17, 2011 7:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Most Rockin The Eleven

Yup; tight is the word for it. Of course, I still have a soft spot for the one they put on Live Dead, but they didn't vary it as much as others over time (ie, DS or what have you)...thus, it's harder to pick between the best, don't ya think? Easier to say "this one isn't with the top" if that makes sense. More uniform perhaps.

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